When Luke and I started planning our trip to Europe I began googling tips for traveling internationally with a child. While there were a few helpful points here and there, the majority of the recommendations were utterly useless or such common sense it didn’t seem fitting to put it in a blog. Things such as “bring toys” or “if you have an outgoing child, pick an aisle seat” actually made the list. In fact, the only truly helpful source I found was an exert from Nomadic Dragons’ book, Travel with Kids: How to Travel with Kids without Losing Your Mind. So, as if the internet wasn’t cluttered enough, I thought I’d join the ranks of ridiculous and create my own list of “recommendations.” Continue reading “Traveling with Kids – A Parody “
There are several bible studies I have done multiple times and would highly recommend to any woman. Lies Women Believe is one; Calm My Anxious Heart is another. I am currently going through the latter again for the third time and let me just tell you, I can’t seem to go more than a few pages without bursting into tears! It’s like the book was written specifically for me in this exact season of life.
Years ago I was in a musical and for some reason I can no longer remember one of the girls stomped off the stage during a rehearsal. “I think I need a break,” she huffed. I can’t recall if she ever returned to the show but the phrase has stuck amongst my theatre family as a lasting inside joke. Well today, I think I need a break, a break from Facebook. For a long time I refused to have the app on my phone but I added it back on about nine months ago when I wanted to take advantage of Facebook Marketplace (oh you sneaky little…). I realized last night that I have a problem. I am on Facebook way too much! I feel overwhelmed by everything I see – the anger, the hurt, the drama. I want to put my phone down and play with my daughter. I want to get my news from somewhere other than an article everyone in my feed is sharing from a different perspective. And while I didn’t do a time inventory, I am sure I spend exponentially more time there than I do in my bible. It’s time for a change.
Whew! Home sweet home. It’s crazy to think just two days ago we were in Europe. How in the world did a three-week vacation fly by so fast? Take me back!
My attempt to blog regularly while traveling has clearly gone out the window. I’d blame it on the lodging “fiasco” but that wouldn’t explain my lack of posting while in The Netherlands. But today was one of those perfect vacation days and now that Olivia is tucked snuggly into bed I feel like I can finally sit down and write. Continue reading “Beach Babes & Ocean Waves “
When you’ve traveled a fair amount (I wouldn’t exactly call us avid travelers) you come to accept there is no such thing as a perfect vacation. In fact, something is bound to go wrong. Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not saying this with a pessimistic or “Debbie Downer” mentality. It’s just a reality and has to be accepted as part of the adventure. Missed trains, delayed flights, a fussy baby, and in this case, sub-par lodging, are parts of travel you don’t necessarily plan for but you also know may be a factor. Continue reading “Our Perfectly Imperfect Vacation “
It’s a beautiful day in Groningen! They found my purse! I’d thrown out a quick prayer when I lost it but decided to go ahead and cancel my cards. Last night we received a call that it hadn’t been found and although I was trying to keep a good attitude, I was bummed to have lost the other items in the purse and was dreading the idea of trying to get a new Driver’s License when I returned to the U.S. Continue reading “What Was Lost Has Now Been Found! “